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Prerequisites Within the first 12 credits of course work, students will be assessed on their writing skills. This includes analysis, problem solving, and logical argumentation in a correct grammatical context. Those who demon-strate weakness in writing will be required to complete and pass a seven-week non-credit workshop in communications (COM 043).Bachelor's degree; strong commitment to public service; articulation of reasons supporting the decision to attend a graduate public ad-ministration program; and strong academic/professional references.Degree Requirements The MPA curriculum consists of 39-40 credits including core, track, and specialization or elective courses. Some students may be required to take up to an additional six pre-core foundation credits to prepare for the MPA. The department chairperson may grant waivers for the pre-core credits based on documented proficiency in these areas. The graduate students may choose to engage in full-time or part-time study in the MPA program. Full-time students can complete the degree in two years; part-time students typically need four years. Both time periods may be shortened by advanced credit from other graduate institutions, waiver of pre-core courses with prior experience or background, or summer graduate study at Pace. During the first year of study, students should focus on completing their core requirements before selecting courses in their track or electives.Required Core Courses (18 credits) See special core requirements for Health Care Administration track.Pre-Core Courses (6 credits) PAA 501 Accounting for Government, Health Care and Nonprofit Entities 3PAA 502 Statistics and Quantitative Methods for Decision Making 3Core Courses (18 credits)PAA 601 Public Administration and Its Environment 3PAA 602 Organization Theory and Management 3PAA 603 The Economics of Government, Health Care and Nonprofit Sectors 3PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis 3PAA 606 Research Methods for Public Administration 3PAA 699 Capstone Project Seminar 3Track Requirements (12-13 credits) Government Track PAA 630 Intergovernmental Relations 3PAA 631 Law in the Administrative Process 3PAA 632 Policy Studies 3PAA 644 Seminar in Government Management Topics 3Not-for-Profit Management TrackPAA 670 The History of Not-for-Profit Management 3PAA 671 Law for Not-for-Profit Managers 3PAA 673 Financial Resource Development for Not-for-Profits 3PAA 681 Seminar for Not-for-Profit Management Topics 3Environmental Management Track Offered in cooperation with the Department of Biology and Health Sciences' Master of Science in Environmental Science Program. This track is designed for students with a scientific background who wish to specialize in this area. Prerequisites for this track include: one year of college biology, one year of college chemistry, and one year of college organic chemistry; one year of college physics and math are recommended. ENS courses are offered at the Westchester campus in Pleasantville.ENS 610 Environmental Science I 3ENS 611 Environmental Science II 3ENS 622 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science 4ENS 650 Environmental Law 3Health Care Administration Track This track requires a 15 credit core, as listed, and 18 credits of track courses.CorePAA 601 Public Administration and Its Environment 3PAA 602 Organizational Theory and Management 3PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis 3PAA 606 Research Methods 3PAA 699 Capstone Project Seminar 3TrackPAA 650 The U.S. Health Care System 3PAA 652 Health Policy Studies 3PAA 661 Hospital and Health Services Administration 3PAA 666 Health Care Economics* 3PAA 665 Seminar in Health Services ManagementorPAA 651 Community Health Assessment 3PAA 614 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care 3orPAA 662 Health Planning 3*To be taken instead of PAA 603Master of Public AdministrationGraduate Center, White plains20 Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs

Electives (9 credits) Open to all students and chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.*PAA 600 Independent Study 3PAA 605 Ethics and Leadership 3PAA 610 Personnel Administration/Human Resources 3PAA 611 Management and Organizational Development 3PAA 612 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations 3PAA 613 Organizational Functioning and Dysfunctioning 3PAA 614 Strategic Planning and Marketing 3PAA 615 Program Planning and Evaluation 3PAA 616 Public and Private Grants 3PAA 617 Management Issues in Gerontologic Services 3PAA 619 Advanced Financial Management 3PAA 620 Advanced Economic Analysis 3PAA 624 Environmental Science Policy 3PAA 640 Local Government Law 3PAA 641 Municipal Management 3PAA 642 Regional Planning 3PAA 651 Community Health Assessment 3PAA 660 Legal Aspects of Health Administration 3PAA 661 Hospital and Health Services Administration 3PAA 662 Health Planning 3PAA 663 Health Care Quality Assurance and Risk Management 3PAA 666 Health Care Economics 3PAA 682 External Relations for Public Service Organizations 3PAA 683 Seminar/Lab in Social Entrepreneurship 3PAA 695 Internship (may be required depending on experience) 3IS 613 Database Management Systems 3IS 617 Information Systems Principles 3IS 621 Structural Systems Analysis 3*Working with their adviser, students can select electives to further specialize in each track. Specializations (9 credits)Local GovernmentPAA 640 Local Government Law 3PAA 641 Municipal Management 3PAA 612 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations 3Management of Health Care OrganizationsPAA 610 Personnel Administration/Human Resources 3PAA 651 Community Health Assessment 3PAA 660 Legal Aspects of Health Administration 3Not-for-Profit Financial ManagementPAA 614 Strategic Planning and Marketing 3PAA 616 Public and Private Grants 3PAA 619 Advanced Financial Management 3Planning and EvaluationPAA 614 Strategic Planning and Marketing 3PAA 615 Program Planning and Evaluation 3PAA 642 Regional Planning 3Gerontological Services AdministrationPAA 617 Management Issues in Gerontologic Services 3PAA 650 The United States Health Care System 3HC 660 Legal Aspects of Health Administration 3Human Resources ManagementPAA 610 Personnel Administration/Human Resources 3PAA 611 Management and Organizational Development 3PAA 612 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations 3Computer Science and Information SystemsIS 617 Information Systems Principles 3IS 621 Structured Systems Analysis 3IS 613 Database Management Systems 3Environmental SciencePAA 624 Environmental Science Policy 3PAA 605 Ethics and Leadership 3ENS 696F Environmental Assessment 3Total Credits: 39-40Certificate Programs The Public Administration program offers three certificate programs for those who wish to enhance their credentials, but may not be ready to fully commit to a complete master's program. Certificates in Not-for-Profit Management, Health Care Policy and Management, and Long Term Care Management and Practice can each be complet-ed in about one year and the credits will count toward the comple-tion of the Master of Public Administration degree. All can be taken in the evening.Not-for-Profit Management Certificate Program The curriculum consists of five courses (15 credits).Required Courses All students must complete the three following courses (9 credits):PAA 670 The Not-for-Profit Sector 3PAA 671 Law and Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Managers 3PAA 673 Financial Resource Development for Not-for-Profits 3Electives Area I: Managerial Skills Enhancement* Choose up to any two classes in any area (6 credits)A. Resource, Financial and Information ManagementPAA 501 Accounting for Government, Health Care and Nonprofit Entities 3PAA 604 Budgeting and Financial Analysis 3PAA 616 Project Development and Grantwriting 3PAA 619 Advanced Financial ManagementPAA 666 Health Care Economics 3PAA 682 External Relations for Public Service Organizations: Mission Marketing, Advocacy, and Communications 3FIN 634 Entrepreneurial Finance 3IS 620 Information Systems and Organizational Strategy 3IS 639 Information Systems Technology and Innovation 3B. Human Resource ManagementPAA 602 Organizational Theory and Management 3PAA 610 Personnel Administration/Human Resources 3PAA 611 Management and Organizational Development 3PAA 612 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations 3PAA 665 Seminar in Health Services Management 3C. Analytical and Evaluation MethodsPAA 502 Statistics and Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making 3PAA 606 Research Methods 3PAA 615 Program Planning and Evaluation 3Graduate Center, White plains Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs 21